To celebrate the on-going success of the Community Ageing Research Study 75+ (CARE75+) and to thank all of our participants and GP staff for their continued support – we arranged an afternoon of exhibitions and lunch at the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford on Tuesday 4th of October..
This event was an opportunity for people to meet participants in their area along with the wider research team. There was also an opportunity to feedback any comments or questions about the research and its future direction. And, see and hear about the work everyone is involved in.
Along with an exhibition of photographs of study participants by Ian Beesley, conference posters and drawings produced from the CARE75+ cohort and sub-studies were on display. And we heard from one of the cohort sub-studies about how individuals develop and maintain resourcefulness in later life. We also received some useful participant input into shaping a new proposal around the self-management of pain.
71 people attended the Event. The afternoon was enjoyed by both participants and research staff (old and new) and we are hoping to make it an annual celebration.
“The Celebration Event was a great success. It brought old and new friends together to share experiences of the CARE 75+ research project and discuss new ideas for next steps.” Professor John Young (Theme Lead)
“Many thanks for inviting us to another lovely event last Tuesday. My Dad really enjoyed it, especially winning his wonderful fruit basket in the raffle. It was also really interesting to get the feedback.”(Daughter of a study participant).
The CARE75+, funded by the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) is now in its second year of recruitment and has recently rolled out to other sites in the North East, West Midlands and South West.
Dr Andy Clegg, CARE 75+ study lead and consultant geriatrician on ward 3 at BRI, said: “The 2016 CARE 75+ celebration event was a resounding success! It was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet with our study participants, family members and friends, and get to know them better. It also gave us the opportunity to share the knowledge we have gained through the CARE 75+ study with study participants, and discuss innovative ideas that have been developed to help improve care and services for current and future generations of older people in Bradford, across Yorkshire, and nationally.”